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Release Date: October 10, 2003

Starring: Jonathan cherry, Tyron Leitso, Clint Howard, Ona Grauer, and Ellie Cornell

Genre: Horror/Thriller/Action

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Lisa A.
Rice HOUSE OF THE DEAD
parallels and promotes the
general theme and action
sequences of “The House of
the Dead” video games. Set
on an island off a warm coast
somewhere, a techno rave party
attracts a diverse group of
college coeds who dance and
drink and party the night
away. Another group of
students is running late for
the island concert, so they
charter a fishing boat, manned
by yes, a Captain Kirk (who
hates Captain Kirk jokes), to
take them to the ominous
sounding “Isla de Morte,”
or Island of the Dead. The
co-captain (played by Ron
Howard’s Brother, Clint)
protests that he absolutely
will not go to the terrifying
island, but the captain
insists, and, after thinking
they’ve dodged a pretty,
blonde coast guard officer,
the party is off and
running. Little do the
newcomers know, however, that
the concertgoers’
debaucheries have been
interrupted in a terrifying
way. When the group lands on
the island and finds the
deserted concert, they quickly
realize that zombies are
loose, attacking all living
flesh on the ground, from the
air, and in the sea. With only
a few weapons and time running
out, the students take shelter
in a scary, dilapidated house,
“The House of the Dead,”
ruled by an evil entity that
is soon to manifest his
hideous self in terrifying
ways. The coast guard officer
has secretly followed the
group, but will her brains, or
the Captain’s secret weapons
stash, or the bravery of the
group be enough to overcome
the tenacious, flesh-consuming
zombies? HOUSE OF THE DEAD is
JAWS meets THE BLAIR WITCH
PROJECT, only hokier. The
movie intercuts between live
action and the animated video
game, “House of the Dead.”
It even makes “ching
ching” sounds when zombies
are hit, as if the shooters
are scoring points in a video
game. The zombies are
relentless, terrifying, and
cruel. The action is non-stop
as they keep coming and coming
and coming – from every
possible hiding place, it
seems. It’s a bit much. The
group finds an old book that
tells the story of how the
cursed zombies came to be. It
says that a crazy Spanish
pirate was doing experiments
on human blood and its
relationship with the dead,
and a godly captain locks him
up, claiming the experiments
are not of God. The pirate
replies, “What has He done
for you? There is no God; only
me.” The captain replies,
“May God have mercy on your
soul,” just before he is
overtaken and killed. After
that, the book says, the
pirate went free and continued
his experiments, and now the
island is overrun with
zombies. As the group
continues to try to fend off
their morbid enemies, many of
the good guys begin dying,
many in gruesome ways. One guy
gives his girlfriend a cross,
to protect her from evil. In
the end, however, it’s
science gone bad, and bad
science is always conquerable.
. . right? HOUSE OF THE DEAD
is poorly made and clearly
directed at the
fourteen-year-old American
boy. Much time is spent
displaying firearms, zombies,
cute, topless babes, and every
possible combination thereof.
It’s a formula movie,
terrible to watch, and short
on story and good acting.
Regrettably, these movies
usually make their money back,
but audiences over 14, and all
moral audiences, will surely
avoid HOUSE OF THE DEAD.
Please address your comments
to: Mark Curcio,
Chairman/CEO Artisan
Entertainment 2700 Colorado
Avenue, 2nd Floor Santa
Monica, CA 90404 Phone: (310)
449-9200 Fax: (310)
255-3920 Webpage:
www.artisanent.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Address Comments To:

Content:

(PaPa, C, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AA, D, MM) Pagan worldview extolling the party life at all costs, with some Christian elements with guy giving girl a cross to protect her from harm and story of old, godly captain killed by nasty, blasphemous pirate; about 22 light obscenities, 20 strong obscenities and three profanities; strong violence with zombie horrors, murder, dismemberment, spurting blood, zombie hand through stomach, shootings with high-powered rifles, etc.; depicted sex includes unmarried couple in beginning stages of sex; nudity includes upper female frontal nudity on several occasions and scantily-clad women seductively dancing on stage; many portrayals of alcohol; some smoking; and, lying, bribery, etc.

GENRE: Horror/Thriller/Action

PaPa

C

LLL

VVV

SS

NN

AA

D

MM

Summary:

HOUSE OF THE DEAD is the story of a group of partying coeds who are overtaken by hideous zombies, and their struggle to survive in “the house of the dead.” This movie is poorly made, filled with language, sex, and violence, and inappropriately aimed at the 14-year-old American boy.

Review:

HOUSE OF THE DEAD parallels and promotes the general theme and action sequences of “The House of the Dead” video games. Set on an island off a warm coast somewhere, a techno rave party attracts a diverse group of college coeds who dance and drink and party the night away. Another group of students is running late for the island concert, so they charter a fishing boat, manned by yes, a Captain Kirk (who hates Captain Kirk jokes), to take them to the ominous sounding “Isla de Morte,” or Island of the Dead. The co-captain (played by Ron Howard’s Brother, Clint) protests that he absolutely will not go to the terrifying island, but the captain insists, and, after thinking they’ve dodged a pretty, blonde coast guard officer, the party is off and running.

Little do the newcomers know, however, that the concertgoers’ debaucheries have been interrupted in a terrifying way. When the group lands on the island and finds the deserted concert, they quickly realize that zombies are loose, attacking all living flesh on the ground, from the air, and in the sea. With only a few weapons and time running out, the students take shelter in a scary, dilapidated house, “The House of the Dead,” ruled by an evil entity that is soon to manifest his hideous self in terrifying ways. The coast guard officer has secretly followed the group, but will her brains, or the Captain’s secret weapons stash, or the bravery of the group be enough to overcome the tenacious, flesh-consuming zombies?

HOUSE OF THE DEAD is JAWS meets THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, only hokier. The movie intercuts between live action and the animated video game, “House of the Dead.” It even makes “ching ching” sounds when zombies are hit, as if the shooters are scoring points in a video game. The zombies are relentless, terrifying, and cruel. The action is non-stop as they keep coming and coming and coming – from every possible hiding place, it seems. It’s a bit much.

The group finds an old book that tells the story of how the cursed zombies came to be. It says that a crazy Spanish pirate was doing experiments on human blood and its relationship with the dead, and a godly captain locks him up, claiming the experiments are not of God. The pirate replies, “What has He done for you? There is no God; only me.” The captain replies, “May God have mercy on your soul,” just before he is overtaken and killed. After that, the book says, the pirate went free and continued his experiments, and now the island is overrun with zombies.

As the group continues to try to fend off their morbid enemies, many of the good guys begin dying, many in gruesome ways. One guy gives his girlfriend a cross, to protect her from evil. In the end, however, it’s science gone bad, and bad science is always conquerable. . . right?

HOUSE OF THE DEAD is poorly made and clearly directed at the fourteen-year-old American boy. Much time is spent displaying firearms, zombies, cute, topless babes, and every possible combination thereof. It’s a formula movie, terrible to watch, and short on story and good acting. Regrettably, these movies usually make their money back, but audiences over 14, and all moral audiences, will surely avoid HOUSE OF THE DEAD.

Please address your comments to:

Mark Curcio, Chairman/CEO

Artisan Entertainment

2700 Colorado Avenue, 2nd Floor

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 449-9200

Fax: (310) 255-3920

Webpage: www.artisanent.com

SUMMARY: HOUSE OF THE DEAD is the story of a group of partying coeds who are overtaken by hideous zombies, and their struggle to survive in “the house of the dead.” This movie is poorly made, filled with language, sex, and violence, and inappropriately aimed at the 14-year-old American boy.

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